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  • futureripplemovers futureripplemovers Feb 13, 2014 8:53 PM Flag

    House Dems seek to force GOP's hand on minimum wage hike

     

    House Dems seek to force GOP's hand on minimum wage hike

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    By Mike Lillis - 02/13/14 05:33 PM EST

    CAMBRIDGE, MD – House Democrats are launching an effort to force Republicans' hand on the minimum wage.

    The Democrats will introduce a discharge petition later this month designed to force a floor vote on a proposal to hike the minimum wage, even in the face of entrenched opposition from GOP leaders.

    The discharge petition faces a high bar, as it would require at least 18 Republicans to buck their leadership and endorse the measure – a scenario the Democrats readily acknowledge is unlikely.
    "I don't think we're ever confident that we're going to get 18 Republicans to sign a discharge petition," House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) conceded during the Democrats' annual issues retreat on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

    Still, the Democrats are hoping the extra political pressure will amplify the Democrats' economic message this election year, while highlighting the stark differences between the parties when it comes to strategy for helping the working class amid an ongoing jobs crisis.

    "It's not only the right thing to do, it's about time to do it," Rep. Xavier Becerra (Calif.), head of the House Democratic Caucus, told reporters.

    Public opinion polls show overwhelming support for a minimum wage hike; even if the discharge petition fails, it puts Republicans in the tough position of rejecting a popular economic policy in a still-fragile jobs market.

    The minimum wage hike is just one in a long list of policy priorities President Obama and congressional Democrats are pushing this year in hopes of drawing a sharp distinction between the parties' economic agendas. Another of those proposals is comprehensive immigration reform; Democratic leaders did not rule out the possibility that they would eventually push a discharge petition for that bill, as well.

    "We do see immigration as an economic issue, reducing the deficit [and] growing the e

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    • Minimum wage increase will only hurt the poor, fixed income, welfare needy.
      The government employees average salary is $78450.00 , the rest of usa average salary is $51100.00 that is $27350.00 or 50% more, plus all of the gov benefits which near double it.
      Let us tell Mr Obama we are tired of the inequality, cut them back with the rest of the working tax payers. That would help the deficit.

    • I would think it will be raised some, but there is no way in h... that it will jump to 10.10. That is pie in the sky.

 
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